Category: Clean Energy

Guest Column: Change needed to Montana energy law – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2014

November 11, 2014
Our proposition is simple: Businesses and residents should have more opportunities to produce their own energy, and get credit for it from their utility. Affordable, reliable, environmentally responsible energy is essential to the present and future economic health of Montana businesses and residents. Yet Montanans have remarkably few options when it comes to controlling their electric energy costs, and no choice at all from which utility they receive their electric service. That’s why the Montana Legislature passed the...
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Forward and backward: Solar power struggles to expand in Montana – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Nov. 9, 2014

November 10, 2014
By Laura Lundquist On a cold, clear day last winter, Jeff Wongstrom drove back into the Gallatin Valley after snowshoeing with friends in the Hyalite area. The late afternoon sun was low in the southwest as Wongstrom looked out across the large homes filling former alfalfa fields along South 19th Avenue. “Look at all those empty roofs waiting to be filled,” Wongstrom said. As owner of Thirsty Lake Solar in Bozeman, Wongstrom could probably imagine all those roofs...
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Letter: Signal Peak should begin reclamation work now – Billings Gazette, Nov. 9, 2014

November 10, 2014
In discussions about coal mining and burning, I think an important issue gets lost: the reclamation of water. If coal companies can mine under land belonging to someone else, then it seems fair and right that they repair and restore the places they damage. Coal seams, often the aquifers for groundwater, are crucial since clean water is a diminishing resource; especially in arid southeastern Montana. In fact; groundwater is the drinking water for over half of U.S. citizens....
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Gazette opinion: Statewide victory for Montana voters – Billings Gazette, Nov. 6, 2014

November 6, 2014
NOTE: Northern Plains Resource Council staff and volunteers over the last two months conducted an intensive door canvass in Billings in opposition to LR-126, knocking on more than 21,000 doors and having more than 8,000 conversations about the measure. On Tuesday, 441 Yellowstone County residents registered and voted in the General Election, according to preliminary data. Thanks to overwhelming support from voters across Montana, Election Day registration will remain an option for all of us. A GOP lawmakers’...
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Measure to end Election Day registration defeated – Lee State Bureau, Nov. 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
NOTE: Northern Plains Resource Council staff and volunteers over the last two months conducted an intensive door canvass in Billings in opposition to LR-126, knocking on more than 21,000 doors and having more than 8,000 conversations about the measure. HELENA — Montana voters defeated a ballot issue that would have barred people from registering on Election Day. Voters overwhelmingly rejected Legislative Referendum 126, which would have changed the law allowing Montanans to register to vote up until 8...
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Gazette opinion: Not COOL: World trade trumps U.S. shoppers’ choice – Billings Gazette, Nov. 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
Buying American is good for Americans individually and for our economy as a whole. Shoes, shirts, cars, even seafood, fruits and vegetables are labeled with the country of manufacture or origin so shoppers can make a better-informed choice. So what’s the matter with labeling beef and pork, too? Well, meat production is a multinational business for big meat packing businesses and for some U.S. ranchers along the Mexican border. Some of the beef sold in U.S. grocery stores comes...
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Press release: Arch Coal responds to deficient Otter Creek permit application

October 30, 2014
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Otter Creek Coal, LLC — a wholly owned subsidiary of Arch Coal, Inc. — submitted a revised application for a permit from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to open the Otter Creek Mine in southeastern Montana. If built, Otter Creek would be the largest new coal mine in the United States. “If this coal mine were built, it would tear up good ranch land and...
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Letter: LR-126 isn’t in line with democracy; vote no – Billings Gazette, Oct. 30, 2014

October 30, 2014
At the very heart of our identity as Americans is that we have a democratically-elected government. Voting is an essential right to us as citizens, and we are very proud of that right. We are a nation that values opportunity and basic fairness. Why does anyone want to limit our access to democracy? LR-126 would eliminate election-day registration, erecting a barrier to democracy. Who dares to deny Montanans the right to vote? I've read the flimsiest reasons for...
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Press release: New Livingston-area conservation group to hold first annual meeting Oct. 30

October 29, 2014
The newly formed Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council in the Livingston area is holding its first Annual Meeting and the public is invited to attend. Steve Charter, Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, will talk about ranching and fighting coal companies in the Bull Mountains. Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council's 1st Annual Meeting and Celebration Thursday, October 30 6:30...
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Gazette editorial: Building blocks for Montana’s energy future – Oct. 27, 2014

October 27, 2014
If you want to see a real “all of the above” energy policy, take a look at the five scenarios the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has put out for discussion. The DEQ wrote a white paper with these five hypothetical strategies for Montana to respond to the tougher federal carbon emissions rule that the EPA proposed in June. When DEQ held public meetings earlier this month in Colstrip, Billings and Missoula, around 500 people attended....
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